Posted by Deborah Lee Jarrett
“Detroit crime statistics report an overall downward trend in crime based on data from 14 years with violent crime decreasing and property crime decreasing. Based on this trend, the crime rate in Detroit for 2015 is expected to be lower than in 2012.” City rating.com
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Police Department is suffering from its worst manpower shortage in nearly a century.
There are currently fewer officers patrolling the city than at any time since the 1920s. At one point, the Detroit police force was over 5,000. Today, the force is just 1,590 officers strong — and not all of those are on the street.
The city has lost nearly half its patrol officers since 2000 and ranks have shrunk by 37 percent in the past three years alone, according to the Detroit News. It’s so bad that precincts are reportedly left with only one squad car at times.
“This is a crisis, and the dam is going to break,” Mark Diaz, president of the Detroit Police Officers Association, told the newspaper. “It’s a Catch-22: I know the city is broke, but we’re not going to be able to build up a tax base of residents and businesses until we can provide a safe environment for them.”
Police killings, abuse , beatings, lying and graft are also at an all time low
The “Heroes in blue” should just stay home and let us, the citizens, handle things
They are supposed to be public servants after all and not street warriors, armed to the teeth with military gear
Maybe a little more public service and a little less “Crime fighting” would be beneficial
The local P.D’s have become self serving, self perpetuating bureaucracies that serve no one but themselves
Their main goal has become revenue enhancement which serves only to grow their force
The Detroit P.D. is crying now because they can’t afford more guns on the street even as crime drops
If you have any doubt whatsoever about the character Detroit cops or cops in general just google “Detroit cop arrested”
The cops are as much criminals as those that they purport to stop